“Thierry Baudet has been immediately removed from the board of Forum for Democracy,” the party board said. “His party leader election was not a board decision.”
Moments later, a statement from the party board was added in which Baudet was asked to leave the board. “Because he has not kept to the agreements made within the board today. We have every confidence that he understands this and that he will immediately resign from the board and therefore leave the board. ”
This has created a deadlock. Earlier on Wednesday, to everyone’s surprise, Baudet posted a video online in which he speaks of ‘character murder’ and ‘all kinds of things to make me black and get me out of the Forum’. He announced party leader elections.
With this, Baudet surprised his party members again. On Monday he made his position as party leader available, on Tuesday he also gave up his party chairmanship. A day later none of that applies. “I step into the spotlight again and make myself available as party leader and party chairman,” he says in the video statement.
FvD board member Astrid de Groot said he had been surprised by Baudet’s announcement to call internal elections. “This was not a board decision. Just write that down! ”
Wybren van Haga, who actually functions as a third member of parliament of FvD, was there like the chickens to express his support for Baudet’s action: “This is as it should be in a democratic party. Thierry is the founder of this beautiful party that is crucial for the Netherlands and that is why he has my unconditional support. ” The FvD youth also started a campaign under the slogan ‘vote Thierry back’.
The reason for Baudet’s latest maneuver, according to him, was the departure of Member of Parliament Theo Hiddema and parliamentary leader in the senate Paul Cliteur. He had expected peace from his step down, but it never came, he says. “A bitch fight has started, a fight in public in which all kinds of misery is offered to me.”
He thereby referred, among other things, to the statement of party prominent Annabel Nanninga, who demanded on Tuesday that Baudet would leave. “Thierry Baudet can only save Forum for Democracy by completely stepping down from the board.”
It is unclear what Nanninga will do now that Baudet refuses to leave. The Amsterdam councilor is supported by a large number of the candidate MPs, including the number three, Nicki Pouw-Verweij: “Annabel Nanninga is the most courageous woman I know,” wrote the candidate MP on Twitter on Tuesday evening.
Mail to members
On Wednesday, Baudet sent an email to the members in which he explains why he is calling the election. “In addition to an exodus of members and people like Hiddema and Cliteur, a smear has also arisen against me in which character murder is committed and opportunists who seemed to be loyal and enthusiastic party members for years, try to destroy me and FVD with false and totally unbelievable accusations that you wanted to disprove orally but about which you did not want to make a written statement. ”
In the letter he wonders where ‘the love has gone with you, where the rush comes from to continue’. “If that sets the tone, there will be a seizure of power – and a fundamental change of course. The members have to decide on that. That is why I am holding a leadership election. The people who want it to be different can apply. I provide a digital infrastructure. ” According to Baudet, the members can vote on November 30 and December 1.
Shortly after his announcement, a locksmith was reported at the party office in Amsterdam to replace the locks there. Board member De Groot suddenly no longer has access to the party’s Twitter account.
Is this allowed?
Within the party, questions immediately arose as to whether Baudet is in a position to hold a top candidate election. It was also unclear whether the founder of Forum had stepped down as party chairman under the articles of association, or whether he had merely said so. Baudet is still registered as chairman at the Chamber of Commerce. It appears that by calling the party leader he acted in violation of his own party rules. According to insiders, Baudet still has full control over the party’s media channels. He has ‘hijacked’ them, reports a party prominent.
This accusation is confirmed by Baudet’s statements to the NOS: “I have the social media accounts and the email addresses of FvD. I can email those people for an election and it would be crazy if the board stops me. ”